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Davao Bloggers’ first successful Blog Bootcamp

Davao Blog Weekend Bootcamp First Batch

Davao Blog Weekend Bootcamp First Batch with speakers

Published in SunStar Davao, Witerary by Jojie Alcantara

The Davao Bloggers led by President Dulce Lada organized its first successful workshop entitled Blog Weekend Bootcamp this month. Around a hundred participants showed up from different parts of the island and as far as Manila.

Behind the Scenes: Davao Blog Bootcamp in Malagos

Behind the Scenes: Davao Blog Bootcamp in Malagos

This was an intensive 3-day live-in conference with breakout sessions and hands-on workshop from September 21-23, 2012 at the Malagos Garden Resort in Davao City.

Davao Blog Bootcamp in Malagos

With several speakers recognized in the blogging industry, this activity gave opportunities for newbie and advanced writers and bloggers to sharpen their skills and maximize growth in areas of creative writing, video blogging, photo blogging, and the Social Media.

Davao Blog Bootcamp in Malagos

Davao Blog Bootcamp in Malagos – Me as speaker

It was a pleasure for me to be part of the key mentors in this bootcamp. My topic was on Photo Blogging for both beginner and advanced classes, and I shared a bit of my background in photojournalism and creating an online presence in the new media (I was probably one of the oldest bloggers in Davao, dating back to the mid-90s when we used to call blogs “online journals.”).

Behind the Scenes: Davao Blog Bootcamp in Malagos

The other speakers were Janette Toral (keynote speaker of Bloggers as Digital Influencers), a trainer, writer, consultant, blogger, policy lobbyist, and entrepreneur who was the first Filipino author published by McGraw-Hill Education Asia; Jay Frank de Jesus, an emerging media specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Manila who manages overall social media and its multiple online communities; Aileen Apolo-de Jesus, head of outreach at Google Southeast Asia and a long-time marketing practitioner skilled in product and brand development, training, sales management, business development, market research and profiling; Justin Cooke, Chief Idea Generator at Adsense Flippers who just moved to Davao; Rene Lizada, my fellow columnist in SunStar Davao and is a noted writer, workshop speaker and former teacher; Roy Geonzon, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Davao chapter president; and Kring Elenzano, an independent producer and director, actress, host and blogger, most popular of which are www.funnysexy.ph and My Korean Boyfried video blogs.

Behind the Scenes: Davao Blog Bootcamp in Malagos

Behind the Scenes: Davao Blog Bootcamp in Malagos

I got this look after I told them I will reward their winning team with gift certificates of free Diamond Peel facial at Bioessence

Apart from the sessions, there was the blogathon and discussions on ethics of Social Media, relevant content and monetization which aim to improve the blogging community.

Behind the Scenes: Davao Blog Bootcamp in Malagos

Blogathon session

Blogathon session

Let’s hope there will be another one like this to help guide the newbies into the new, exciting world that awaits them. The Awarding and Closing Ceremony was on the last day of the live-in event.

Awarding ceremony

Awarding ceremony

Check www.blogweekendbootcamp.com and www.facebook.com/BlogWeekendBootcamp for more info. Thanks for the additional photos provided by Renz Bulseco and Chattee Lara. The event was sponsored by Smart, Malagos Garden Resort, Abreeza Mall, Crea8tech, San Miguel, Kaiserwebs Solutions and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation and other supporters.

Photo credits to Renz, Andrew, Chattee, Faust, and Olan and whoever else tried to test my camera with the art filters while I was speaking to the participants

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The author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It's More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an  influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print and TV commercials, event hosting and speaking engagements. In 2013, she has received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant contribution in the social media. She was one of the speakers in Photo World Asia 2017.  A web designer/blogger since the 90s, she has seen the evolution of the internet and social media transition from the perspective of a traditional media person.

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